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Power, Property, Publicity and Democracy in Nigeria.

Akinola, Olanrewaju (2012): Power, Property, Publicity and Democracy in Nigeria. Published in: Media, Governance and Development in Nigeria: Issue and Trends (A Festschrift for Prof. Idowu Sobowale (OON). Primus Prints and Communication, Lagos, Nigeria.


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Since independence in 1960, Nigeria’s current democratic experiment is the longest. Between May 29 1999 till date, the nation has transited from one civilian government to another, not without hues and cries though. The 1999, 2003 and 2007 elections were fraught with fraud and violence. The Nigerian political system and landscape defiles democracy in its true sense. This paper therefore, attempts to study the interplay of ‘power’, ‘property’ and ‘publicity’ in Nigerian democracy, with a view to understanding the Nigerian political landscape and proffering solutions.

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